I am a Professional Fire Fighter who takes pride in my work and in the profession I have chosen. I have worked with and experienced different aspects of the fire service which helps me have a better overall view. First and foremost I am still just a Fire Fighter that is motivated to learn, grow and excel.
During my time at the Pine Bluff Arsenal I have responded to various types of emergency calls. Those calls include wild land fires, Industrial Fires, Structural Fires, Chemical Fires, Equipment Fires, Medical Calls, and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) releases. I have participated in numerous base wide drills, helped conduct controlled burns and have provided numerous helicopter standbys. I have worked with other departments such as security, health clinic and DPW to conduct mission essential task. I have represented the Fire Department at Jefferson County Mutual Aid meetings and while helping deliver food to the members of the community that were effected by the floods. I am a valuable member in both the hydrant and rescue committees. I provide beneficial information to assure the Pine Bluff Arsenal follows correct regulations. I am also on the training committee that is in charge of scheduling and maintaining the fire departments yearly training. I have contributed to the successful execution of Fire Prevention week ensuring all facility evacuation drill were conducted. I have performed numerous fire inspections for the facilities at the arsenal. I have ensured all the facilities that I have inspected met current safety regulations, providing references for any infractions found. I have attended advanced education on our computer systems to better understand the departments needs with the systems that we have in place. I have attended new, fire related, classes consistently throughout my career at the Pine Bluff Arsenal to better myself and the department. I am a team player and work with my peers on a daily basis to help this department be the best it can be by following all rules and regulations set forth by my superiors.
My time at Watson Chapel Fire and Rescue is all volunteer. I have taken on positions from Fire Fighter to Assistant Chief. I am currently the training officer for the department. Watson Chapel averages around 375-400 calls per year that range from medical response to structure fires. We have 2 highways, 1 interstate and 1 section of railroad track that runs through our district and cover approximately 40 square miles. Being a member of this department gives me a sense of pride for helping the community that I live in. It also helps me keep my skills up to par and gives me more opportunities to practice the new skills that I am currently learning.
My duties at Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services were to perform all fire related duties such as catching hydrants, performing search and rescue, performing fire suppression, vehicle extrication, fire prevention, learning fire investigation, fire inspections, driver/operator and anything else that was asked. As a Fire Fighter at Pine Bluff we also responded to all medical calls from simple breathing issues to gunshots to anything in between. My station was averaging 11 (actual) calls per 24 hour shift. This is not including false alarms. It was not uncommon to work as many2 to 4 structure fires in a 24 hour period while still responding to the medical and accident calls we received. We also worked close with the community. We did inspections, put up smoke detectors for people in our district and did programs for the schools and elderly living centers. I was able to gain a lot of experience and knowledge from the fire fighter position all the way up to being Incident Command. This experience has helped me see and understand different aspects of the fire service and how each works together to make a whole.
Arkansas EMT Association – Member
Watson Chapel Fire Department - Training Officer
Arkansas Firefighter Association - Member
Jefferson County Mutual Aid Association - Member
Arkansas Fire Academy - Instructor
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